Wave of Hoax Bomb Threats Made Across County, FIs Among Targeted

KrebsOnSecurity reports that financial institutions are being targeted by an email extortion scam. The emails claim that bombs have been planted inside the recipient's building and will detonate unless a ransom is paid in bitcoin. The email's subject line reads, "I advise you not to call the police." Others have read “Think Twice.”

Those received by financial institutions appear to be part of a broader wave of bomb threats emailed to hundreds of schools, businesses and government buildings in New Jersey and across the nation. The emails have triggered evacuations and searches, but there have been no signs of explosives.

The NJ Office of Homeland Security said in a statement posted to Twitter that it is “aware of the emails being circulated containing hoax bomb threats. At this time, there are no known or credible threats to New Jersey.”

Law enforcement agencies across the country also dismissed the threats, saying they were meant to cause disruption and compel recipients into sending money, and were not considered credible.